2015 Competition Winner

We had an amazing response to this year’s Clyde in the Classroom competition, receiving over 600 eco bag design entries in total! The theme ‘Caring for the Clyde’ inspired a whole variety of amazing designs, but we are delighted to announce the winner as Emma Docherty from Newark Primary School P4/5, Port Glasgow. The winning design will be printed onto eco bags for everyone in Emma’s class.

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The winning design – well done Emma!

A big well done and thank you to everyone who entered. So many of the entries carried great messages about looking after our rivers (see below, for example) that we plan to share these through our social media pages for all to see!

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Judging overseen by a (life-size) bluefin tuna

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Just one of the many great ‘Caring for the Clyde’ designs

 

Competition time!

Clyde in the Classroom 2015 has almost come to a close, but we’d like to take this opportunity to invite the participating pupils to take part in our Clyde in the Classroom competition. This year we would like pupils to design an image for a Clyde River Foundation reusable eco bag . The winning design will be printed on a bag for each member of the class – please see the flyer below for full details!

Eggtastic!

Most of you are now proud custodians of your trout eggs with the last batches being delivered tomorrow. It is a week since the first eggs were delivered and some have already hatched! We are looking forward to seeing the brown trout develop when we visit each week!

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Buses, Dates and Times

All of the coaches required for your trip are now booked. We are just waiting on some companies confirming a pick up time for your school. Once we have this information we will post it in the table below and you will receive a letter posted to the school with the details and a reply slip which we would be grateful if you could return to us. In the meantime please check out your times and dates below and we look forward to seeing you in January 2015.

**EDIT: see post above for the most up-to-date launch day information**

Take me to the river

We were delighted to receive a copy of the ‘outdoor special’ edition of Teach Primary Magazine in the office this week. The magazine highlights a range of outdoor education initiatives and includes a great article on Clyde in the Classroom. Thanks to Miss Weir (Millersneuk Primary), Miss Smyth (St Blane’s Primary), Mrs Kenney (Castlehill Primary) and Mr Campbell (St Columba’s Independent School) for their contributions to the article! Click here to read.

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Kilsyth Primary School wins Clyde in the Classroom 2014 competition

We received so many fantastic entries for this years’ Clyde in the Classroom competition and judging was no easy task. We asked pupils to submit a piece of work representing the spirit of Clyde in the Classroom and were delighted to see this inspire a wide variety of entries including mosaics, songs, books and even a computer game!

Following some difficult deliberation we decided on a winner – well done to P6 of Kilsyth Primary School. Their video report of Clyde in the Classroom had it all – facts, drama, music and a lot of humour!


Willie Yeomans, visiting scientist for Kilsyth P6, went along to the school this morning to surprise them with the news and present them with their prize – see pictures below. Thanks to everyone who took part!

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Miss Marshall about to announce the news to her class

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P6 receive their framed brown trout print from their visiting scientist Wille Yeomans

 

 

 

 

 

Brown trout hatchery computer game

Gavin and Eve, two pupils from Mount Vernon Primary School P5 have designed and created their own Clyde in the Classroom-inspired computer game! In the game you’re responsible for keeping the water temperature just right (add ice if it’s too cold) and removing any eggs from the hatchery if they die (dead eggs turn white). The aim of the game is to look after your fish until they become fry and you can release them. Check it out here!

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Farewell little fish…

The practical part of Clyde in the Classroom project came to a close just before the Easter Holiday, as the last of the classroom-raised brown trout were released into the wild. With 102 classes taking part, we’ve enjoyed a busy few weeks helping to introduce the little brown trout fry to their new homes. We are now going through the some fantastic entries for the Clyde in the Classroom competition, the deadline this Friday so you still have time to get your entry in!

I’d like to say a massive well done and thank you to all who took part this year, including those who came along to help out on the fish release days. Thanks again to all our project supporters. Although we’ll have to wait another year for the next Clyde in the Classroom, the adventure is only just beginning for these amazing little fish!

It’s all about the alevins

Wow, what a busy few weeks it’s been! Most of the trout eggs have now hatched and all of this year’s pupils have been working very hard to look after their new aquatic classmates. We’ve been impressed by the high success rate of hatching, even if it happened a little sooner than we expected in some hatcheries! The first couple of weeks of development are shown the pics below!

PERM_day1_hatchingThis photo was taken just at the alevins were starting to emerge. Can you spot the newly-hatched alevin and one that is just hatching? Can you see its head poking out of the egg?

Some of the other eggs have changed shape slightly and you can see the fish curled up inside, ready to hatch.

 

 

 

PERM_alevins_foamOnce the fish start to hatch, it’s important to keep the water nice and clean. This involves removing any leftover egg shells which can make the water foamy (as a result of protein mixing with the water) as well as using your spare water supply to replace a cup-full of water from the tank every day.

 

 

 

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These alevins are one week old. Their bodies are quite pale with a large orange yolk sac attached. At this stage they spend most of the time resting on their sides at the bottom of the tank. In the wild these fish would still be hiding in the redd, so it’s normal if they don’t move around much!

 

This week, following the February break, we have noticed more changes in both the appearance and behaviour of the alevins. They are starting to darken in colour and are becoming more sensitive to disturbance (you will notice they hide under the stones when the hatchery lid is opened). These changes are all part of their preparation for life outside of the redd. They are still pretty tiny (around a couple of centimetres long), so here’s a close-up picture of some we’ve been looking after in the Clyde River Foundation lab.

We’ll be keeping a careful eye on the over the next couple of weeks. As soon as the yolk sac is used up, the fish need to start feeding on aquatic insects and that means releasing them into a burn. Look out for Release Day updates soon!